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  CNN    Erin Burnett Out Front    News/Business.  
   Erin Burnett.  (2012)  

    November 2, 2012
    11:00 - 12:00am PDT  

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"outfront" next, bloomberg comes to his senses, canceling the new york city marathon. why? because the storm story isn't over. we have the pictures to show you. a new poll is out in what could be the state that decides the election. and new report looks at the cia's role in the benghazi attack and what it means for director petraeus. let's go "outfront." i'm erin burnett and good evening. "outfront" tonight, bloomberg comes to his senses. after days of standing his ground despite anger, frustration and resentment, the new york city mayor late tonight
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canceled sunday's marathon. it is the biggest in the world. he said we cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event to distract attention away from the critically important work being done for the storm. the controversy, holding a marathon with all the generate rs, food, water and police that requires as new yorkers still reel from sandy. on staten island today, there was this message for the mayor. after what we heard from person after person there. we were there again today and met this owner of a local garden inn. this hotel is overflowing with people sharing rooms. every one of his rooms, people there have nowhere else to go. richard refused to kick them out to make room for the marathon runners that were supposed to stay there.
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>> people are dying on staten island. they are dying. and i have a dilemma, do i pull people out who have no place to go to make room for marathon runners? i don't think so. i'm not doing it. i can't do it. >> while victims on staten island and many other new yorkers are relieved the mayor canceled the marathon, the news was hard for some. when our producer broke the news to this runner, tears filled her eyes. >> they're pulling out bodies of little children and us runners are going to walk through and run through their neighborhood in our fancy marathon outfits like nothing happened. let me tell you, the mayor made the right decision 24 hours too late. >> emotions are running very high tonight. the long lines for gas are not getting any shorter. for a third straight day, they lined up waiting hours and hours to get to the pump before the gas runs out. a lot of them are running out of gas before they even get to the
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gas station. the government says it's trying to make sure fuel gets there more quickly, they're trying to lift restrictions on nonamerican tankers. some might say why didn't that happen sooner and for some, the progress is not happening fast enough. we're hearing stories of fights. in one case, a man pulled out a gun in a fight for gas in queens. but the problem isn't just getting fuel to the gas stations. the problem is getting power there. it will make a lot of the gas stations start working like that. 3.2 million customers are without power and the majority are in the new york and new jersey areas. those are people filling up those containers for generators. we brought you stories of desperation on staten island last night. frustration at the slow response. people i spoke to there call it forgotten and said they were being treated differently. today, some of their cries for help were heard. just hours ago, janet napolitano went to staten island to view the clean-up and she assured the island's residents they have not
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been forgotten. >> we know that staten island took a particularly hard hit from sandy. and so, we want to make sure that the right resources are brought here as quickly as possible to help this community, which is so very strong, recover even more quickly. >> brian todd is live on staten island and brian, what is the situation there tonight? >> erin, the same here is still one of devastation. you've got scenes like this behind me. this house on cedar grove avenue and many others like it. either completely levelled or in a condition that's thot much better than that. this neighborhood has seen some signs of life, of hope, after a couple of days of just real despair and feeling cut off at the lack of relief agencies here. we've had new york city bulldozers, sanitation trucks, dump trucks here clearing off
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this neighborhood. the national guard was on the ground all day today and there have been some shelters set up a little less than a mile from here run by the red cross and fema and janet napolitano was on the ground. those are all important steps at the very least symbolically for the residents of this neighborhood who have felt cut off. they're still kind of angry that it took so long to get here, but fema and the red cross are on the ground right now, so that's a positive step. the thing to remember, the fema facility, red cross, they're about a mile away from here. a lot of the people in this neighborhood don't necessarily know they're there because they have no tv, no internet, no phone service. little cell service, so word of mouth isn't getting around to quite as many people as maybe as
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those who could use that facility over there. so that's still a challenge for the red cross and fema to serve people inside this neighborhood and get aid to them when people don't necessarily know they're only about a mile away. >> thank you very much. as we said, so many were frustrated, but they're there now trying to help. a lot of people there have trouble communicating. a these are areas where there's a lot of poverty and that's something that is similar to another part of new york tonight crying for help. in additionly to breezy point queens, the rochaways in queens are desperate for assistance. there is no power, no fo, clean water. not a place you've heard a lot about. it's home to 120,000 people, but more than half of them live below the poverty line and that is making a desperate situation even worse. "outfront" tonight, the congressman who represented the area. you were out visiting with the constituents today.
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the situation is desperate. >> it is very bad. people feeling neglected. a number of public housing developments. no power, young children, cold, don't know what tomorrow is going to bring. and no food. because they're isolated. on a peninsula that has no train service anymore. no gasoline and there's no place to go. so they have not ate literally. don't have anything to eat for the last three or four days. fortunately today, there were trucks. fema did deliver some trucks and there was food being delivered. working, he was able to get jet blue and delta airlines, it to give them praise because they brought in food and were feeding some, but it's still similar. people don't know. we've got to get the word out, but there's no electricity. no telephone. no internet access and trying to get the word out and they're frustrated.
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>> what are the biggest frustrations they have? >> one, first thing is -- and then at night, because of the security, you know, you've got individuals that are concerned about security. you've got some who still want to go back to work, there's no bus. the bus service, the last bus leaves at 5:00. so folks facing isolated after that. some people work late. some need to go to work early. that's over. you have i saw today, fortunately, some of the shop owners had generators and they allowed some of the residents to come in and just get some warmth and plug in and charge their cell phones so they could try to communicate with someone. it's tough situation. >> and it's hard, too. these are the awkward things to talk about, but this is a place where half the people are below the poverty line and that plays a part in this, in their voices being heard. >> what's concerned is people are hungry. you know, some others -- start
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breaking or looting or anything of that nature, we want to make sure that does not happen. and so, you know, there are some national guard out there and i had a chance to talk to some of them. they said they need some other and i got to say, people do not want to be forgotten about. >> but who's blame for this happening? the disaster is in so many places. some places get help more quickly. who's to blame for the neighborhood not getting what it needs more quickly? >> i don't necessarily put blame on someone. i'm an elected official. we have to do more. we've got make sure they know that the people exist. i've been able to communicate with the governor's office. they have been very concerned. i had an opportunity to talk today to secretary donovan of hud. and i believe he's going to come in tomorrow. we're going to try to --
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resources there. so, it's just we've got to make sure that no one is left behind. no one is forgotten about and everybody has some kind of special circumstances. and these individuals, there are seniors that need help and assistance. and you have the problem this, that no one on the peninsula has power, but some still have water in their becames, some of the homes. when you talk about turning the power on, you've got to have generators out to get the water out first so when the power comes on, there's no chance of being electrocuted. hard working class people lost everything. when i was out there, many were saying thank god you came.
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they're working and it's a difficult situation. thank you for being out here. we know there's going to be some help, but we need it in short order. >> i hope the people hear you tonight and all the organizations can get out there. thanks so much. we appreciate your time. it has been a very tough week with many stories of anguish and loss, but today i witnessed totally up expectedly a bright light of home. the story coming up. up next though, john king with a brand new poll out of ohio. how close is the race in the buckeye state. and later, the obama administration gets a boost from today's jobs report. so, this is not something i want to say, but i didn't say it. someone in the campaign said it. why are they talking about the
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our second story "outfront," four days before the election, new cnn poll in what probably is going to be the most crucial swing state of all. we say probably. most people say definitely. 50 to 47% with the president ahead. within the margin of error. john king is in cincinnati tonight. john, another poll neck and neck, probably be a very long night on election night. what stood out in that poll to you? >> it is remarkable. if you look deep into the poll, the president might have a slight advantage, but this is a classic swing state and we have a dead heat. the president's getting the democrats. governor romney's getting the republicans so you want to look
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at the middle. 48% for governor romney. 46% for the president so a dead heat. both candidates are in the state today and will be back to make their case. because of ohio's diversity, what's the demographic composition. among nonwhite voters, he's getting 70% of the vote. cleveland, columbus, here in cincinnati. a growing latino population. the president starts with a head start. the white vote, 44% to 53% for romney. i would say this. if governor romney can keep the white vote closer to 40%, he has a chance and getting minority turnout, that was the president's recipe for success four years ago. >> i know that is so crucial when you look at ohio, what do you see there? >> the reason, it has -- you look at a couple of different places. the north of the state. cleveland, over to toledo. a place where we think we see evidence the auto bailout is helping. across the industrial north. that means a lot of blew collar white voters supporting the president.
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then you come here to the southwest corner of the state. cincinnati is in hamilton county. it was blue four years ago. the state including cincinnati, 52% for the republican ticket, 47% for president obama. mitt romney -- it's a classic swing state, both campaigns essentially getting what they need where they need it. who can turn out the vote. >> and turn out the vote comes down to the ground game and they are saying we have a better ground game, more people. >> i see the president has a head start in early voting and that's important because his coalition includes college students and african-americans, people less reliable to turn out on election day, so that head start helps the democrats and president there. i was here four years ago. i like to retrace my steps to see how it feels now compared to then. it was clear john mccain was toast and the president was going to carry ohio. it's a lot different this year because the romney campaign have enough to get over the top, that's the question we'll answer in the next hundred hours or so, but the intensity at the romney campaign was off the charts. governor romney's expecting some 30,000 people in ohio tonight not that the ohio people aren't working hard, too. they have a very impressive obama operation, but the republican operation compared to four years ago, it's not a
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comparison. much better. we're going to have an interesting day come tuesday. >> it's going to be exciting for the whole country. last minute moves. a strategy that's either desperate or brilliant, depending on who you ask. mitt romney is making an 11th hour push for pennsylvania. a jackpot with 20 electoral votes. pouring 6 million into the state on advertising. he's never led in a single poll there since he became a nominee. cnn has that in the obama category, but the president's
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lead has been shrinking and polls show president obama had been up as much 11 and 1 points over the summer and fall, but in a quinnipiac poll, he was only up by four. paul and ryan along with john avlon in toledo, ohio. romney has outspent the president in pennsylvania since he became the nominee. i saw this. i was stunned when our producer
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looked at these numbers. of the 15 million total, just in this week alone. is this money well spent? >> i think it makes a lot of sense for this reason. now, it's true that ohio might be a tighter state, but the question is, it's the marginal benefit. mitt romney spent a ton of time in ohio and if spending an additional few hours as we get closer to the election could make a big difference in pennsylvania given he has spent far less time in that state, that's what you've got to think about. real additional hours in ohio make that much of a difference there, where as in pennsylvania, it could be a difference in defeat. it's 20 electoral votes versus 20 in ohio. this could really scramble the map. >> i'm going to look at the map in a second, but first, paul, i want to go to you. mitt romney has put 2 million
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ads worth in pennsylvania over the past week and become's going to campaign for him on monday. he had a much, much wider lead in the summer. how did he lose the lead? >> it's a tough race, tough year. he's not going to win by whatever he won last time. this is a bad move for romney. it's going to disappoint the people in places where he might have a chance, iowa, colorado, florida. pennsylvania's not gone for a republican for president since reagan and bush and when bush sr. carried pennsylvania, he also carried california and illinois and new jersey, places where they would hunt romney down with dogs. this is not like the map he needs if he wants to win pennsylvania. i don't really wish him well, i don't wish him any ill. but he's wasting money. >> what's the strategy, john avalon. had and in will had had had you're in ohio tonight.
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is the push in pa a a sign of weakness in ohio? john king's talking about he feels it's neck and neck, different than he felt in the last election, but do you think that? >> president obama has had a small but steady lead in ohio. we think the romney campaign is looking at a saturation point. there's not much more than you can do except get out the vote. with money, the with the candidate's time more importantly, i think speaks to change the strategy because the current strategy isn't working. they're looking for alternate paths to 270. states where it looked like romney was pulling ahead in. florida, virginia, colorado. the fact the romney campaign is running an ad in florida trying to tie the president to castro and chavez speaks to insecurity on his part about whether the cuban population will come out to vote. i think this is evidence of a scramble to hit 270. >> and let's look at the map. i promised i would. paul and ryan.
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if romney could pull off a win in pennsylvania, this does make the path to 270 completely different. so, he wouldn't even need ohio. we have 237 for obama, 206 for romney. 95 up for grabs, so if romney gets pennsylvania, we call it a snatch because it's very difficult to do, he's in the lead. 226 to 217. so then it becomes easier. he gets florida, colorado, virginia and he wins. he doesn't need ohio. is that his best hope because that sounds like a difficult task. >> and you have republicans in pennsylvania much better than anyone expected and that's kind of softening the demonstrates there might be an opportunity there. it's possible the republicans will lose, but if you get a better result than you did in 2008, you're build ago future and for the party, that makes a
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big difference. losing by a few points rather than 10 or 11, that actually matters. >> you're saying that mitt romney should spend his time somewhere else. >> he ought to be buying hot dogs in -- toledo, avlon? >> yes, i am. >> you ought to be hanging out in these or john king in hamilton county in cincinnati. he's down three in our poll in ohio and that seems to be pretty baked in, so i don't have high hopes. but florida, colorado, those are republicans in those states breaking their necks for mitt romney right now and he's telling them he'd rather be in pennsylvania. bad mistake. >> if he loses florida, you know it's game over. >> he's got to go to florida. >> i understand, paul, but i
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mean i think if he wants to win the election, so obviously -- clashing -- >> i actually -- won't win pennsylvania. he's not going to win it. >> go ahead, john. >> that's the point. is that romney right now -- just a few weeks ago, starting in florida, you could feel it. those polls have all tightened up and here in ohio, that small lead president obama's had, this is a main street republican state but toledo area tonight where i am tonight, erin, this is home to the plant that the romney campaign has been running ads on. there's a real sense that he was in play, he had been spending a lot of time, but people here take the auto industry very personally and that ad that has been called dishonest by some folks has caused a lot of ill will to the romney campaign.
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i think it makes more sense to play in those states rather than trying to push in pennsylvania. >> thanks to all three. scrambled map makes for an exciting weekend. next, how big was the cia operation in libya and what does it have to do with what the obama administration has been telling the public about what happened there? and an update on the crane hanging over new york city. the plan to secure it, and how long it's going to take. [ all! that is crazy! are you kidding me? let me see! oh! what! that's insane! noooo! mr. woodson? oh hello! hello! [ whistles ] hello! [ all ] hello! [ coach ] caleb, i've got someone i want you to meet. hello. [ male announcer ] at&t. the nation's largest 4g network. covering 3,000 more 4g cities and towns than verizon. rethink possible. covering 3,000 more 4g cities and towns than verizon.
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welcome back. we start the second half of our show with stories we care about and focus on our reporting from the front lines and we begin with the department of justice, which is sending observers from the civil rights divisions to polling sights. 780 will go to 51 jurisdictions in 23 states. their going to be watching to see there is no discrimination based on race or color. there are now plans to
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secure what has become new york city's latest tourist attraction. that's the crane. try and go by there. tourists love taking pictures of it. mayor bloomberg announced work to secure the crane is going to begin tomorrow. they say it will take 36 hours just to secure the boon to the building. officials are hoping they will be able to let people back into the their homes and businesses by monday night. no word yet on who will be held liable in anyone for all those out of their homes, hotels that are empty. we're monitoring the scandal linked to libor. the interest rate linked to how much you pay on your mortgage. today, the royal bank of scotland says it expects it will soon begin discussing a role. barclays paid $450 fine to settle their role earlier this year.
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hyundai and kia are going to lower fuel economy estimates for a lot of their models after the epa determined they overstated their ratings. the automakers blamed proceed rall efforts. they'll reimburse customers to cover the additional costs associate wd that change. it's been 456 days since this country lost its top create rating. despite a better than expected jobs r report, stocks closed in the red with the dow down 139 points and now, our fourth story "outfront." how much was the cia to blame for the attack in libya area "the wall street journal" today reporting that the mission was a cia operation. they report only seven of the more than 30 americans evacuated after the september 11th attack were working for the state
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department. the rest were with the cia. two of the four who died were publicly identified as state department security officers, but were actually working for the cia. adam, bob, a former operative. appreciate you taking the time. adam, you reported that tyrone woods and glen doherty were cia. have you learned why the cia was operate ng benghazi? >> after the fall of gadhafi in libya, it became clear to the cia and other officials that militants could get hold of some of the weapons that gadhafi had and these included weapons like man pads, which are shoulder fire rockets that can be shot at aircraft. there were thousands of them
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that had to be tracked, so it was important for the cia to surge officers into benghazi to search for those weapons and you had a lot of jihadists moving into eastern libya. >> and i know your report covers how the fact that the cia was so prevalent, created perhaps serious confusion on who was responsible for security. bob, this was a covert operation and they were in libya trying to secure these weapons. is it realistic to do that job, to be a covert operative and also be you know, you're doing quote unquote real job, providing security to the consulate? >> erin, the problem is it's hard to hide that many westerners in a city like benghazi, then almost attach the american consulate makes it even more dift. thirdly, the cia does not do physical security.
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whether in afghanistan or iraq and that left it up to seven officers and that's not enough to do it. it fell between the cracks. normally, it would be state department building barriers, hiring security companies. the cia just doesn't do that. it keeps its own security. they did a heroic job trying to recover the ambassador. i think the real mistake, it was a misassessment. clearly, the ambassador knew, but that message didn't get up to the seven floor f the state department. >> was the ambassador relying on the cia for security? surely he knew who these people were and what they were doing and there would be a much bigger problem than the raw numbers would suggest, right? >> clearly, this is a good
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article in the "wall street journal." this was a cia base using state department cover and the ambassador would have assumed the cia was going to take care of it. but keep in mind, these guys there that buy up weapons, especially the surface to air missiles, these things get out across north africa, the middle east, they're going to shoot down airliners. they were doing the right job. the problem is as i said, it's libya. a very unstable place. everything i'd seen, the local forces there, some of them turns against the consulate and that's the worst nightmare. >> this arrangement, would use the state department as cover, when we try to ascertain who is responsible for this falling through the cracks, who is it then in this case? from your reporting? >> well, i mean, we're eight weeks, nearly eight weeks after this september 11th attack and
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we remain, we get different stories from different agencies. the state department believed that it had a binding agreement with the cia that the team there, their muscle, would be the cavalry and that it would come when called. that was part of the rationale for keeping security at the level it was at in benghazi, but when you talk to officials close to the cia and congressional investigators, they say the cia thought it was more an informal arrangement and it wasn't their responsibility and they did not have staffing levels at the annex as it's called, at the cia base. >> all right, thank you very much. we appreciate it so much more to
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come on this story as we still try to understand exactly what happened and still to come, where some of those lessons went. a growing crisis in mali. a story we first told you about "outfront." and up next, a new poll in ohio showing the race within statistical margin of error. we're going to ask about this bizarre thing that was said by one of the president's today. our fifth story, the all u, i went to the citi private pass page and decided to be...not boring. that's how i met marilyn... giada... really good. yes! [ jack ] ...and alicia. ♪ this girl is on fire [ male announcer ] use any citi® card to get the benefits of private pass. more concerts. more events. more experiences. [ jack ] hey, who's boring now? [ male announcer ] get more access with a citi card. [ crowd cheering, mouse clicks ] or that printing in color had to cost a fortune.
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our fifth story, the all important jobs result. 171,000 jobs added in october. more than exists were looking for. the unemployment rate did tick up, but that's crucial because as we told you on the show, no president since world war ii has been re-elected with employment above 8%. on the trail, the president seemed enthusiastic. >> today, our businesses have created nearly 5.5 million new jobs and this morning, we learneded that companies hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> but this report had some warning signs.
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the average workweek was still stang nant. unchanged for the fourth straight month. the average hourly pay for employees was down slightly on a year on year basis, it didn't keep up with inflation. you see him there, president obama's campaign press secretary. the president said we've made progress, we have, but workweek not moving, and wages and ben bernanke would tell us is not a problem. do you think it's fair to call this the kind of progress you want? >> i do. look, we're overcoming the worst recession since the great depression. you've seen the trends here. we're losing 800,000 jobs a month when the president came into office. manufacturing was in decline. we've made a lot of progress. businesses have created more than 5.4 million jobs. manufacturing is resurgent. but we can't stop there. we've made investments in areas
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like education, research and development and infrastructure. we've got to continue to do that to create these good paying jobs for the middle class. >> as we've talked about, everyone wants good paying jobs. that's your goal, everybody's goal. about 60% of the jobs we have gotten during this recession pay less than the jobs people had before, so we're still not getting that wage growth. paul hickey said for a recovery, wed have to have $250,000 jobs a month. that's a kind of job growth we need. so, when you look at it that way, we have a long way to go, don't we? >> well, we absolutely do. that's why the president's goal is to restore economic security for the middle class. you've seen that median income grow. the question is where we're going to invest. he's invested in research and development that have created 250,000 clean energy jobs. mitt romney would cut funding for research and development. while the president has invested in education to make sure our work es have the skills they need, doubled funding for pell grants, mitt romney would cut funding.
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>> so, let me ask you another question here. actually, this is sort of related, but today, the president in his speech, was very passionate. david axelrod, you heard about this, ben? >> i saw the post on it not too long ago. >> unfortunately, i am the one as the host here, who has to read you the quote when he was talking about the president and said i'll quote, you can see in the speech he's delivering that this is coming from his loins. i had the wrong screen up there. coming from his loins and then in case you thought it was a mistake, ben, he followed up by saying i just wanted to say loins. i wanted to see if i could get loins in the story. it's funny, but it's -- too. isn't it? >> i don't think anybody was intending to be tossing them
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around today. it was a long day on the trail, but i think you could feel the energy on the stump today. thousands in small cities across ohio turned out. there's a sense we're coming back from where we were in 2008. this is the president's last campaign. he was making a forceful case on the stump and not return to the same policies that crashed the economy and devastated the middle class in the first place. >> as i was saying, this whole middle class issue and good paying jobs, the jobs we've created don't pay as much per hour as the ones we've lost. manufacturing, which i know is a big area of focus. there has been some improvement. op net, we haven't seen really a change since april and the manufacturing workweek is down. looks like things are getting better, but those three statistics are not good. >> well, we were losing, we were
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hemorrhaging really, manufacturing jobs since 1997. the president granted rescue to the industry when many pundits ran for cover and mitt romney said we should let detroit go bankrupt. the president has invested in manufacturing, community clenls and worker training, mitt romney cut back. it led manufacturing jobs to decline by twice the times the national average. it's clear we're overcoming the worst recession since the great depression. they led to job creation since world war ii and we passed them in 2001 and 2003. mitt romney is surrounded by the same officials who put those policies in place during the prior administration. we can't go back to those policies and expect a different result. >> i will not be sad when i don't have to hear the same few lines.
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so i brought it to mike at meineke. we gave her car a free road handling check.
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i like free. free is good. my money. my choice. my meineke. just in, the defense department announcing it's second extra fuel to the new york area. the defense logistics area buying up to ten million gallons of diesel fuel for distribution in storm-affected areas. as we have been telling you, the panic for gas has created miles-long lines at gas stations, and many, many hours. only 40% to 50% of the gas stations in new york city and new jersey are even operating tonight. many of them are just out of service because they have no power. something that perhaps could have been anticipated before the storm. now to tonight's outer circle, where we reach out to sources around the world. we go to mali where the u.n. refugee agency says there are as many as 85,000 more refugees in the country than previously thought. the agency says hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing
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a deteriorating situation in the north of the country where islamist militants have taken root. david mckenzie is following the story and i asked him how bad he's hearing it's getting. >> reporter: it could be the next front line in the global fight against al qaeda linked terrorists. that's the landlocked country of mali in west africa. earlier this year, two islamic groups took over large parts of the country. now the u.n. security council has given a specific deadline to come up with a detailed military plan to get rid of them. it's caused a humanitarian disaster. more than a quarter of a million people, according to the u.n. refugee agency, have fled northern mali into regional states. this is an important story for the u.s. it came up several times in the u.s. presidential election because these groups, including al qaeda in the islamic magrib are holding sway. erin? coming up, after all the awful things we have seen this week, we saw this. in the middle of the storm.
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since monday night, we've seen so much destruction and loss following hurricane sandy as we've traveled around the broader new york area, but
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today, we stumbled on this. this is a wedding program. we stumbled on something beautiful. this is matt and christine. today was their wedding. while we were out covering the storm's wreckage, we glimpsed something unexpected. we had come to see a hotel that was full of refugees from hurricane sandy and while the coast guard and red cross were going to sleep in cots on this side of the wall, on the other, a wedding planned for 316 people was being set up. the bride is christine. her parents lost their home this week in breezy point, queens. her church, gone, too. we called her and she said we could come to her wedding. her fiance, matt, is a firefighter and was an early responder in the storm. >> i went in the morning after and just recovery effort. everyone lended a helping hand. >> every guest lost something. the groom's parents said they had friends who couldn't come because they had no gas. is there anyone at this wedding who was not affected?
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>> nobody. >> tim is the groom's uncle. roberto is a close family friend. both lost their homes but not their spirit. >> everyone has been so wonderful. i can't get over it. i can't get over it. >> the thing about new york. we saw it on september 11th. >> they said that, the truck coming out of breezy said this is nothing. we will rebuild. >> that sentiment isn't lost on anyone here. >> very hard week. very, very hard week. but everybody worked together. people are the main thing. >> christine and her mom planned the wedding for a year and a half. >> we need this happiness today. we really need this happiness. tomorrow we'll go back and we'll deal with what we have to deal with, but today is my daughter's day. i'm going to enjoy every minute of it. >> and it was a moment of joy. making the horrific loss for a moment seem small. >> it's nice to have a reason to put the stuff behind us for a day and can't wait to see my wife open the door and hopefully